According to spokespeople from the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (Mafi), Malaysian farmers will have better market access through the Agriculture Department’s Geoplant System as it enables farmers to directly deal with exporters and supermarkets.
In a speech, Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the system will be able to solve the oversupply of local and imported vegetables and fruits.
“This system will benefit both farmers and wholesalers in crop production as we will be able to strike a better balance between production, which is according to demand and supply,” he said, adding that it was cost effective, user friendly, interactive and accessible to all stakeholders.
The Minister added that the platform will also allow farmers to connect with their respective agriculture officers to rent or advertise land for rent to entrepreneurs or other farmers. The Geoplant System was developed using an architectural service-oriented concept that can be accessed through the web and cellphones.
Meanwhile, another system from the Agriculture Department, the Geosoil System, contains basic land information for the purpose of assessing the suitability of various pieces of land to ensure sustainable agriculture, he explained.